Grammar Lessons: Present Continuous

Present Continuous / Progressive

The present progressive tense (also called present continuous tense) is the tense that expresses

  • Actions happening now
  • Actions that will occur in the near future.

Present Continuous: Actions Happening now 

Positive and Negative Statements

Positive SentenceNegative Sentence
I am teaching a classI am not teaching a class
You are doing your homeworkYou aren’t doing your homework
She is cookingShe isn’t cooking
He is planning a lessonHe isn’t planning a lesson
It is workingIt is not working
We are playing We are not playing 
They are taking a napThey aren’t taking a nap

Interrogations

Positive QuestionsNegative Questions
Are you teaching a class?Aren’t you teaching a class?
is he working now?isn’t he working now?
is she making dinner?Isn’t making dinner?
is it raining there?isn’t it raining there?
Are they studying?Aren’t they studying?

Present Progressive to Talk about the future

The present continuous can refer to the future. It shows that we have already decided something and usually that we have already made a plan or arrangements:

  • My dad is visiting us next week
  • I am teaching a class tomorrow
  • He is making dinner tonight
  • She is doing her homework later tonight
  • We are playing soccer tonight, will you join us?

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